Mower County Obituaries
Part 374

Pamela Jean Hanson



November 20, 1957 - June 18, 2020

Pamela J. Hanson, 62, of Lyle, Minnesota, died Thursday, June 18, 2020, at Mayo Clinic Health Systems, Austin.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 26th, 2020, at Faith Lutheran Church, London, Minnesota with the Reverend Kent Otterman officiating. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Adams Funeral Home and at the church for one hour before the service on Friday.

SOURCE: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home - June 22, 2020


Pamela Jean Hanson

November 20, 1957 - June 18, 2020

Pamela Jean Hanson passed away on Thursday, June 18th, 2020 at the Mayo Clinic in Austin, Minnesota while holding the hand of her husband of 35 years, Donald Hanson.

Pamela was born on November 20th, 1957 in St. Peter, Minnesota. She spent her life selflessly loving and caring for others. Pam generously donated her time to numerous service programs, such as teaching Sunday School at her church, taking care of hospice patients, and visiting the elderly.

In her free time, she enjoyed baking, planting flowers, taking care of her grandchildren, and spending time with her family. She graduated from Lyle High School in 1976, obtained a degree in Cosmetology and held an Associate’s Degree in Human Services from Riverland Community College. She also pursued a degree in Sociology from Winona State University. She spent the majority of her career working alongside her husband inside of their family business, Hanson Construction & Specialty Cabinets. She also worked as a Cook for many years at the Adams Health Care Center and the Adams Group Home.

Pamela is survived by her husband, Donald; by three sons: Joshua (Laura), Jordan (Stephanie), and Jameson (Bryten); three grandchildren: Nora, Hoyt, and Amelia; a brother, Gaylord (One) Humphries; and by many nieces and nephews.

A public visitation will be held on Thursday, June 25th from 4:00-7:00pm at the Adams Funeral Home located at 300 West Main Street in Adams, MN. The Funeral will be on Friday, June 26th at 11:00am at Faith Lutheran Church located at 11690 903rd Ave in Glenville, Minnesota.

All friends and family members are invited to attend, but the family will be understanding of anyone’s concerns related to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Attendees are encouraged to wear masks if they feel more comfortable, but will not be required to. Pamela was an incredible wife, mother, sister, and friend, but will always be known for her unwavering faith in Jesus Christ and her commitment to serving others.

SOURCE: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home

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Nathan Sylvester "Nate"


Nathan Sylvester “Nate” Magnuson, age 88 of Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, passed away Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at Prairie Manor Care Center in Blooming Prairie.

Nathan was born February 4, 1932 on the family farm in Newry Township, Freeborn County. He was the son of Selmer and Gertrude (Paulson) Magnuson.

Nathan attended country school at the Magnuson School and graduated from Blooming Prairie High School in 1950. On June 14, 1953, Nate was united in marriage to Verna Mae Jolson at the Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church in rural, Austin, Minnesota. Nathan loved farming, working the land, and raising cattle his entire life. He loved to dance, play cards, tell jokes, and collect antique tractors. He cherished all the friendships he had during his lifetime. Nathan will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Survivors include his wife, Verna Magnuson of 66 years; brothers, Kenneth Magnuson of and Ronald (Mary) Magnuson; sister-in-law, Judy Magnuson; nieces and nephews; close friend and co-worker, Lawrence Goodnature. He was preceded in death by his parents, Selmer and Gertrude Magnuson; brother, Richard Magnuson; and sister-in-law, Lois Magnuson.

Due to COVID-19, a memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials preferred to donor’s choice. Services are prearranged and performed with Worlein Funeral Home in Blooming Prairie. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald, Sat. June 6, 2020

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Ruth Mildred (Iverson) Olson


June 25, 1925 - June 11, 2020

Obituary for Ruth Mildred Olson

Ruth M. Olson, age 94, of Austin, died Thursday, June 11, 2020 at Comforcare after a short illness.

Ruth was born June 25, 1925 in Austin, Minnesota to Ernest and Helene Iverson. She was a lifelong resident of Austin. In July of 1946 she married Robert D. Olson in the family home of Robert’s parents. To this union five children were born.

Ruth was a homemaker for a lot of years. After her kids were grown she worked as a Pastry Baker in a local restaurant until her retirement in 1982. Ruth was a 50 year member of the First United Methodist Church in Austin.

Survivors include a sister, Verdel Clark, Austin; son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Shirley Olson, Austin; daughter, Rosemary Wolfe, Mason City, IA; son and daughter-in-law, Ronald and Dawn Olson, Faribault; eight grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; four brothers; two sisters; two sons, Richard and Ricky; husband, Bob.

A funeral service will be held 1 pm on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at Mayer Funeral Home with Rev. Donna Dempewolf officiating. Friends may call one hour before the service at Mayer Funeral Home on Wednesday. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery.

Condolences may be left online at

SOURCE: Mayer Funeral Home

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Kathleen Bernadette (Platz) Frisk


November 4, 1919 - June 11, 2020

Obituary for Kathleen Bernadette Frisk

Kathleen Bernadette (Platz) Frisk, age 100, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Thursday, June 11, 2020 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, after a brief illness.

Kathleen was born November 4, 1919 in Langdon, North Dakota, to Bernard Henry Platz and Josephine Emily Wimmer. She was the oldest of ten children, all of whom preceded her in death. Kathleen grew up in Wales, ND and graduated from Wales High School in 1937 and from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Devil’s Lake, ND in 1940 with a Registered Nurse degree. She worked in several hospitals including Mercy Hospital in Devil’s Lake, Langdon, ND Hospital, Ancker Hospital in St. Paul, MN and Charles T. Miller Hospital in St. Paul, before coming to Austin, MN in 1944 at the invitation of one of her former patients. She soon began working at St. Olaf Hospital and worked there many years before going to work for Comforcare in Austin where she remained until her retirement.

Shortly after her arrival in Austin, she met Merrill J. Frisk and they were married at St. Augustine Catholic Church on April 21, 1945, and remained life long members. They lived in Rochester for five years then returned to Austin where they spent the remainder of their lives.

Kathleen loved to cook and bake, which she did on a daily basis until she was nearly 98 years old. Her family thought it was time for her to take a break and her youngest son, Joseph, who lived with her took over much of the cooking and her daughters helped out by preparing breakfast for her every morning. She admitted that it was wonderful being waited on for a change. Kathleen also enjoyed staying up quite late reading, doing crossword puzzles, and looking through cookbooks for recipes. She often asked if there was any news on Facebook, so her family set up a Facebook page for her so she could check for herself, and more recently she watched Mass from St. Augustine Church on her laptop every Sunday. Kathleen was very religious and prayed for everyone daily along with at least one rosary every day.

Survivors include seven of her eight children, Colette Chaffee, Austin, Mary (Doug) Evans, Albert Lea, Michael (Linda) Frisk, Albert Lea, Thomas (Bonnie) Frisk, St. Peter, John (Marie Guerra) Frisk, New Ulm, Juliana Frisk, Eagle Lake, Joseph Frisk, Austin; eight grandchildren; eight great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Merrill; daughter, Marcia; son-in-law, Richard Chaffee; great granddaughter, Jasmine Evans.

Private family services are being planned.

Arrangements by Mayer Funeral Home.

Condolences may be left online at

SOURCE: Mayer Funeral Home

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Robert H. Helfritz


April 2, 1930 - June 16, 2020

Robert H. Helfritz, age 90, of Austin, passed away peacefully on June 16, 2020 at St. Mark’s Nursing Home Hospice in Austin.

Robert was born April 2, 1930 and raised in Lyle, Minnesota. After graduation, he served in the national guard and was sent to Korea for active duty in 1951. After serving almost 2 years, he was honorably discharged and made his way to Austin. Meeting his future wife on a blind date, Robert was married to Beverly Neisen on September 26th, 1953.

He worked at Edy paper before getting his career job at the US Post Office in Austin. Robert retired from the Post Office after 36 years of service. Active in retirement, he got a job at McDonalds and worked for another 14 years.

Robert belonged to the American Legion Post 91 and the Pacelli Booster Club where he helped with many sporting events and fundraisers. He was a huge sports fan and attended Viking training camps for many years.

In recent years, he was given the honor to go on an Honor Flight to Washington D.C. to visit our nations memorials. Robert was thankful for his service to our country.

He was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church since his marriage there 66 years ago. Robert enjoyed playing cards and Yahtzee. He also enjoyed keeping up with local sports teams. Being a true Norwegian, he enjoyed Lutefisk and Lefse.

Survivors include his wife of almost 67 years, Beverly; daughter, Dawn of Sioux Falls, SD; daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Mark Dripps of Rochester; son and daughter-in-law, Robert Jr. and Myung Cho of Sioux Falls, SD; daughter, Pam Grubbs of Austin; daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Mark Wilhelm of Oregon, WI; eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren; loving relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and four sisters.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday June 19th at 1:30 PM at St. Augustine Catholic Church with visitation ½ hour prior to the mass at the church. Father James Steffes will be presiding. Interment at Calvary Cemetery.

Cemetery Details:
Calvary Cemetery
4th Drive SW
Austin, MN

SOURCE: Mayer Funeral Home

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Dennis Dean "Denny" Berhow


February 23, 1942 - June 11, 2020 (age 78)

Dennis Dean “Denny” Berhow, age 78 of Pleasant Grove, Minnesota, was called home to be with the Lord for all eternity on Thursday, June 11, 2020, at Mayo Clinic Hospital Rochester, Saint Marys Campus.

He was born February 23, 1942 in Austin, Minnesota, to Carrol and Mathilda (Krantz) Berhow. He lived most his life in Pleasant Grove. Denny graduated from Austin High School in 1961. He worked at Winona State College and later at Strains’s Bus Company before retiring.

In July of 1964, Denny married Norma Onstad. They had three children, Timothy, Randy, and Sheila. They were later divorced. On September 16, 1972, Denny married the love of his life, Sandra “Sandy” Noble. They celebrated 47 happy years together. He loved his wife and rarely was one seen without the other.

Denny’s interests were fishing, especially at Happiness Resort on Ten Mile Lake, cribbage, shooting pool, nice cars, western movies, exercising at DAHLC, and mostly spending time with his family. He was meticulous in caring for his vehicles. He was known as “Uncle Denny” to many more than just his nieces and nephews. Denny liked to tell jokes. He is noted for his favorite sayings when leaving some place, “Where ever you go, there you are,” and “If you’re not alone, you’re with someone,” and “Glad you got to see me.”

Denny is survived by his loving wife, Sandy Berhow of Pleasant Grove, MN; son, Randy Becker of Pine Grove, CA; daughter, Sheila (Craig) Muller of Hudson, WI; grandchildren, Joey Becker and Brody Muller; sisters, LaVonne Husemoller, Linda (Marshall) Halvorson, and Janice (James) Benesh all of Austin; sisters-in-law, Sr. Donna McPhail of Riceville, IA, Marie King of Austin, MN, and Carol Schlichter of Austin, MN; numerous nieces and nephews, great-great nieces and nephews, and cousins. Denny is preceded in death by his parents, Carrol and Mathilda “Tille” Berhow; infant son, Timothy Berhow; brothers, Jerry McFarland and Jimmy Berhow; brothers-in-law, Leslie Munson, Russell Husemoller, Charles “Mick” McPhail, Darrell King, and Virgil Waltz; father and mother-in-law, Ralph and Clara Noble.

Denny will be remembered as a kind and thoughtful husband, father, grandpa, brother, uncle, and friend. He will be forever missed by those lives he touched and be in our hearts and memories forever.

Thank you to the Stewartville First Responders, St. Mary’s Hospital, and all our neighbors for their assistance. Thank you also to Dr. Thomas McLeod for taking such wonderful care of Denny for so many years.

A private family service will be held with Pastor Madison Chelberg officiating. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Austin. There will be a small gathering following the service from 1:00-3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, at River Oaks in Austin. We will be practicing social distancing; masks will be recommended. Memorials are suggested to an organization of your choice. Services are prearranged and performed with Worlein Funeral Home of Austin.

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home

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Lois Fay (Hemmer) Lewis


February 21, 1936 - June 17, 2020

Lois' Obituary

Lois Fay (Hemmer) Lewis, 84, of Austin, Minnesota, died June 17, 2020 in her home surrounded by her husband and children.

Lois was born February 21, 1936 to Neil and Mildred (Poggenpohl) Hemmer, in Austin, Minnesota. She met Dale Lewis, the love of her life, in the summer of 1950. Lois started painting portraits for Hockett’s Studio in the 11th grade.

She graduated from Austin High School in 1954. After Dale returned from the Navy, the two were wed January 15th, 1955. To this union, four children were born: Craig, Todd, Ann, and Rebecca. Lois continued to paint portraits until 1961.

She worked at Fantles, Parenting Resource Center, and was also a part owner of the Windfall gift shop. She was an excellent secretary for Dale’s business. Lois was an active member of her community. She was co-chair for the “Celebration Austin” event celebrating the opening of the new Hormel plant, a member of WASSO, Vice President of League of Women Voters, lifelong member of Austin Floral Club, and a Deacon at St. Olaf Lutheran Church. Lois loved singing. She sang with the St. Olaf choir and with Northwestern Singers for over 20 years. She also sang with The Sweet Adelines and The Second Edition of the Hormel Girls.

She lent her artistic talent to every organization in which she was a member. She created many local letterheads including Hockett Studios, and one for St. Olaf church which was used for over 50 years. She also painted life-size manger scenes complete with animals and an empty tomb for her church. She created larger-than-life Oscars and many other set-pieces for The Northwestern Singers, as well as programs and posters.

As large of an impact as she had on her community, she had an even greater impact on the lives of those she loved. She was an excellent wife and mother, raising four children while her husband worked three jobs. She loved decorating and created a beautiful home. She gently cared for her aging parents, and was a soft-spoken, caring and kind friend to all. She will be greatly missed.

Lois is survived by her beloved husband Dale Lewis of Austin, son Craig (Patti) Lewis of Oronoco, MN, son Todd (Laurie) Lewis of Ham Lake, MN, daughter Ann (Douglas) Bruggeman of Blooming Prairie, MN, and daughter Rebecca (Michael) Urick of Chaska, MN, 14 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and two “sisters” Patty Johnson and Judy Nolan, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother Wayne Hemmer.

A private funeral service will be held at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary on Sunday, June 28, at 11 am with a visitation for one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at a later date.

SOURCE: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home

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Shirley M. (Kruse, Beck)

May 20, 1950 - June 11, 2020 (age 70)


Shirley McCarville, age 70, of LeRoy, Minnesota, died Thursday, June 11, 2020, at her home in LeRoy.

A private family service will be held. Burial will be held at a later date in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 16, at Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home in Cresco. Due to COVID-19 restrictions masks are recommended and social distancing will be practiced.

Shirley was born May 20, 1950, to Dale and Lucille (VanDerHeyden) Kruse in Cresco, Iowa. She attended and graduated from Crestwood High School and went on to school to receive her associate’s degree.

Shirley M. On July 1, 1967, she was united in marriage to Tom Beck at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Chester, Iowa. Together the couple had five children: LeAnn, Brad, Jody, Marty and Matt. They were later separated. Shirley was then married to Robert “Bob” McCarville Sr., he passed away January 26, 2019.

When she was first married to Tom, Shirley ran an upholstery and purse making business in Lime Springs, and then moved her business out to their farm. In 1984, she went to work for Sara Lee in New Hampton, IA until 2000. After Sara Lee closed their doors, she went back to school to become a medical transcriptionist. In 2001, she began a new career as a medical transcriptionist for Mayo Clinic, and retired in 2018. Shirley was a very active lady. She was known to not be able to sit still very long.

After her retirement from Mayo, she took a job at Sweet’s Motel in LeRoy to fill her time. Shirley kept a meticulous home, yard, flower beds, and garden. She had a bright green thumb and could make anything grow. In her leisure time, Shirley kept her hands busy by crocheting afghans for her family.

Shirley was the type of person to always put others first, mainly when it came to her grandchildren. She supported all their extracurricular activities, and made scrapbooks from newspaper clippings. Shirley especially enjoyed following Jake’s baseball games.

Shirley is survived by her children: LeAnn (John) Slavin, Brad (Ashley) Beck, Jody (Dena Strain) Beck, Marty (Samantha) Beck and Matt Beck.

She is also survived be extended family, Lori (Mike) McConnell of Cresco, IA, Robert (special friend Fabricio) McCarville Jr. of Miami, Florida, Lisa Peter of Mason City, IA, David McCarville, Dubuque, IA, Susan (Roger) Meyer, Decorah, IA and Jennifer (Grant) Kellogg of Cedar Rapids, Ia.

Grandchildren: Mattie, Kendel, Gabe and Bryleigh Slavin, Zach (Morgan Martin) Beck, Cody Beck, Brychan, Piper, and Kanon Beck, and extended grandchildren: Emily (Evan) Freese, Jesse (Kasey Bruns) McConnell, Jacob Peter (Carli Cook), Evan (Shana) Meyer, Elise (Phil) Linn, Payton, Riley and David McCarville, Kiera and Kaine Kellogg. Great Grandchildren Caleb and Owen Meyer, Aaron Linn, Axel and Crue Freese

Her siblings: Jerry (Andrea) Kruse of Yuma, AZ, Ron Kruse of Lime Springs, IA, Mary (Pete) Peterson of Preston, MN, Maxine (Marc) Stockman of Lime Springs, IA, Dale (Cathy) Kruse Decorah, IA, Gary (Anne) Kruse of Hayfield, MN, Sharon (Terry) Larson of Lime Springs, IA, Lynn (Karen) Kruse of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Gail (Jim) Ludens St. Charles, MN.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Richard Kruse, and son-in-law Win Peter.

Condolences may be left at

SOURCE: Hindt Funeral Home

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Deloris Ann (Nekl) Svoboda


February 07, 1934 - March 16, 2020

Deloris' Obituary

Deloris Ann (Nekl) Svoboda, 86 of Lyle, Minnesota, passed away at Stacyville Community Nursing Home in Stacyville, Iowa, on March 16th, 2020.

Deloris was born an only child on February 7th, 1934 to George and Anna Nekl in Surprise, Nebraska. She was baptized on February 15th, 1934 at Sacred Heart Church in Shelby, Nebraska, with Emil and Cecilia Vrbka as her sponsors.

Deloris was a 1952 graduate of St. Bonaventure High School in Columbus, Nebraska. After high school, Deloris attended dental assistant school followed by beauty school in Chicago, Illinois. After beauty school, Deloris worked as a dental assistant in Columbus, Nebraska where she met Dennis. On March 2nd, 1957, Deloris married Dennis Svoboda at St. Bonaventure Church in Columbus, Nebraska. From this marriage, their four children, Doreen, Darlisa, Donny, and Dale were born.

She was a farmer’s wife and a stay at home mother in Varina, Iowa. Dennis and Deloris then moved to their farm between Lyle and Rose Creek to raise their children. They divorced in 1984. Deloris then moved to Lyle and worked for Gerard Academy and The Salvation Army in Austin. Deloris enjoyed being able to visit with her many friends while working at these jobs. In her spare time, Deloris enjoyed going to garage sales and thrift shops as well as playing the card games of 500 and Pitch, and Scrabble with her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Anna.

Deloris is survived by her four children, Doreen Coleman of Lyle, Darlisa Meger (Matt) of Veseli, Minnesota, Donald Svoboda of Lyle, Dale Svoboda of Austin; grandchildren, Adam Coleman, Emily (Mike) Paulson, Alexandria Amick, Amanda (Brien-fiance) Wold, Joe Meger, Natalie Meger, Nicole (Scott) Miller, Jenna and Dylan Svoboda; seven great-grandchildren and one great-grandchild on the way.

Visitation will be at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary on July 30, 2020 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Graveside services will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, August 1st at the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Shelby, NE.

SOURCE: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home

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Myron Leonard "Mike" Jordan


April 29, 1936 - June 12, 2020

U.S. Veteran

Myron Leonard “Mike” Jordan, 84, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away at home surrounded by family on Friday, June 12, 2020.

Mike was born April 29, 1936 in Albert Lea, Minnesota, the oldest child of Leonard and Fern (Booth) Jordan. He graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1954 and served in the US Army from 1954 to 1956 during the end of the Korean conflict.

Mike married his high school sweetheart, Susan Marie Nelson, on October 19, 1957 in Albert Lea, Minnesota. They were blessed with a 61-year marriage, best friends who enjoyed antiquing, traveling, and spending time with their family and many friends.

Mike began his college studies at Kansas University and graduated from Mankato State University. After college, he started his teaching career at Pipestone, MN and taught there for two years before moving to Austin in 1962 to teach history and social studies at Austin High School. While still teaching, Mike entered graduate school and earned two Master’s Degrees in history and counseling. In 1968, Mike became a high school counselor, a position he maintained until he retired from the Austin Public School in 1994. Mike also enjoyed coaching junior high basketball, instructing driver’s education, and working with youth at the YMCA. He had a positive influence on many young people’s lives. After retirement, Mike substituted at Austin High School and Riverland Community College.

Additionally, Mike and Sue started a business as co-owners of the Carriage House Gifts and Collectibles which they enjoyed for many years.

Mike and Sue were active members of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church for 58 years. He served as a Deacon, Church Council member, and on the Shepherd Committee. Other involvements include being a member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, Retired Educators, Elks, American Legion and Sons of Norway. Mike was a leader in the Austin AFS international student exchange program. He served on the Board of Directors for Security Bank. During retirement he volunteered with the Austin Medical Center/Mayo Health Systems Hospital Auxiliary. He was an active member of the Austin Area Cancer Support Group as he was one of the longest cancer survivors in Mower County.

Mike was a humble, kind, and friendly man with an incredibly optimistic spirit. His daughters most admired his devotion and dedication to his family. He is survived by his daughters, Catherine Jordan of Edina, Karen (Joel) Christopherson of Plymouth, and Carol (Paul) Ousman of Excelsior; four grandchildren, Katie, Kelsey and John Christopherson (fiancé Sarah Welter), and John Ousman; sister, Ruth (Jim) Lair and nephews. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Sue on August 24, 2019, and his parents and brother Jim.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 25th from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary. Interment with military honors and prayers committal will follow at 7:00 p.m. at Graceland Cemetery in Albert Lea. If interested in a memorial, please give to the American Cancer Society, American Stroke Association, The Hormel Institute, or memorial of choice.

A memorial service at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church will be held at a later date with details forthcoming.

SOURCE: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home

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Richard Allan Stern


October 27, 1931 - June 11, 2020

Richard's Obituary

Richard A. Stern, 88 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away at his home Thursday, June 11, 2020.

Richard Allan was born October 27, 1931 in Iowa City, Iowa to Harry and Edna (Moothart) Stern. As a child, his family moved to Austin, Minnesota. He attended Austin Schools, and graduated with the Class of 1950 from Austin High School. Following high school, Richard served in the U.S. Army.

On July 21, 1956 Richard was united in marriage to Clarice Maybeth Pembrook. They were blessed with a son Randy, and have lived their entire married life in Austin. Following a 20 year career with Weyerhaeuser, he went back to school in Hibbing and earned his Associate of Arts degree in Small Business Management. At the same time he began doing carpentry work and remodeling.

In 1984 Richard began spending time with his son in Crane Lake, Minnesota, where he continued his work as a carpenter and builder. The Crane Lake area allowed him to take advantage of his love of the outdoors. From a young age he was a passionate deer hunter, and he also enjoyed fishing. In his later years Richard stopped hunting deer, and enjoyed watching the young bucks grow.

Richard was a person who gave of himself, and was always willing to help anyone in need. He had a soft spot for animals and the family’s hunting dogs. He was a conceptual person, full of ideas with a “can do” attitude. He was a wonderful role model to his son, and had a positive influence on the lives of many others.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Harold, Roland, GG, Gerald; sisters Maxine, Dorothy.

Richard is survived by his wife Clarice of Austin, MN; son Randy Stern of Crane Lake, MN; sisters Joanne Iverson of Rochester, MN, Lorraine (Eldon) Tlam of Dunnell, MN; many nieces and nephews, extended family, and friends.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, June 20th at Oakwood Cemetery in Austin with Reverend Mark Van House officiating. Clasen-Jordan Mortuary is handling arrangements.

SOURCE: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home

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Becky Jo (Ahles) Anderson


September 30, 1955 - June 17, 2020 (age 64)


Becky Jo (Ahles) Anderson (64) of Austin, Minnesota, passed away peacefully at Mayo Clinic Health System-Austin after a courageous battle of cancer on June 17, 2020.

She was born in Austin, MN to Jerome and Cleo (Hanson) Ahles on September 30, 1955. She married Dale M. Anderson on January 25, 1975 and together they raised their two daughters, Billie and Teri.

Becky worked as a fry cook for over 40 years. She was known to the community as the overnight cook at Watts Cookin’ before retiring in 2015. Her imagination was so creative while planning her famous Halloween parties that neighborhood children looked forward to every year. There is nothing Becky enjoyed more than spending her time with family and friends. Many years were spent at the lake enjoying barbeques, fish frys and boat rides. She had a love for gambling, but an even bigger love for her grandchildren. She loved taking them swimming at many waterparks and having nice quiet picnics in the park. She had a passion in her heart for wildlife, especially her squirrels. She even raised one from a pup and was able to feed him right from her hand.

She is survived by her husband, Dale M. Anderson of Austin; daughters, Billie (Chris) Sell of Mankato, and Teri (Dillan) Erickson of Austin; sister, Toni Granle of Austin; three grandchildren, Izaac, Damien and Adalind. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jerome and Cleo Ahles; brother, Jerome Ahles; father-in-law, Myron Anderson; and mother-in-law, Alvina Anderson.

A celebration of life will be held on July 11, 2020 at Dale and Becky’s home from 3:00-6:00 pm. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home

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Beverly Jean (Daniel) Soderberg


April 20, 1929 - June 18, 2020 (age 91)


Beverly Jean Soderberg, age 91 of Austin, Minnesota, died Thursday, June 18, 2020 at home in Austin.

Born April 20, 1929, to Rose T. Daniel in St. Paul, Minnesota. Beverly graduated from St. Joseph’s Academy, St. Paul, in 1947. After high school she enrolled in Brown Institute for radio broadcasting and graduated in the first women’s class in 1948. After graduating, Beverly worked at KFJB Marshalltown, Iowa.

She married Kenneth Soderberg on June 26, 1948, then living in Muskegon, Michigan, as Kenneth was working at WMUS. They then relocated to Austin, Minnesota, in September of 1948, when Kenneth joined KAUS. There she gave birth to five children, worked for Mower County Shopper and from 1968 until 1971 she was employed at Hilda’s Bridal Shop. In May of 1971, the family moved to Rockford, Illinois, and she worked for Ridings Tours a travel guide until May of 1973. The family again moved to Houston, Texas, where she was a full-time homemaker.

In May of 1974, the family moved to Burnsville, Minnesota, then back to Austin in June of 1975 until her death. Beverly was a member of the Miss Austin Jaycees. Kenneth was the General Manager of KAUS, and Beverly hosted many station gatherings, in particular many employees enjoyed Christmas parties! Beverly enjoyed her years traveling the world as a tour guide. She loved to plant flowers in her yard and enjoyed cooking, especially the family holidays. After Kenneth’s retirement from KAUS in 1998, they purchased a condo in Panama City Beach, Florida, where his sister Kay lived and spent the winters there. They enjoyed their time there going out together and getting into many adventures the three of them (fondly called the three stooges). After several years and some health concerns with Kenneth, they sold their condo and spent their winters again in Minnesota.

Survivors include her three sons, Greg Soderberg of Austin, Mark Soderberg of Danville, IL, Scott Soderberg of Austin; one daughter, Kim Soderberg of Austin; seven grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her mother; husband, Kenneth Soderberg; and daughter, Vicki Kordosky on February 29, 2020.

A memorial service will be planned for Beverly and Vicki at a later date to be announced. Interment for Beverly and Vicky will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Austin. Special thanks to Jan Borg who provided our mother with the gift of friendship and special loving care. Services are prearranged and performed with Worlein Funeral Home of Austin.

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home

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Norma Jean (Lamp) Simonson


September 5, 1930 - June 18, 2020 (age 89)


Norma Jean Simonson, 89 of Austin, Minnesota, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on June 18, 2020 while a resident of St. Marks in Austin, MN, where she had resided since 2017.

Norma Jean Lamp was born September 5, 1930, to William J. and Cora F. (Champlin) Lamp in Austin, MN. Norma was the oldest of their six children. In 1944, the family moved from Austin to Grand Meadow, MN, where Norma graduated from high school in 1948.

On November 14, 1948, she married Charles B. Simonson in Grand Meadow and they made their home in the Grand Meadow area throughout their marriage, raising four children.

In the 1950’s Norma worked for Ben Wright in Grand Meadow and in 1964 when the Meadow Manor Nursing Home was built, she trained as a nursing assistant and worked there until she retired. Using her nursing skills, she lovingly cared for her husband the last three years of his life. Charles died in 2004, one day after their 56th wedding anniversary.

Norma loved housekeeping, cleaning, cooking and sewing. Her flower garden was both her pride and passion. AND HATS SHE LOVED HATS! AND DANGLE EARRINGS!

Her faith and prayer were her priorities, becoming a prayer warrior interceding for others. In her apartment she had a wall of pictures of people she loved and prayed for. She called it her WALL OF LOVE.

Norma is survived by her children, Deborah Betts, Milwaukee, WI, Scott (Debbie) Simonson, Waseca, MN, Holly (Dawn) Simonson, Blandon, PA, and Thomas (Michelle) Simonson, Stewartville, MN; grandchildren, Brett (Sarah) Chastek, Samantha Betts, Shannon (Joshua) Shatek, Matt (Jilena) Simonson, Carla Simonson and Jena (Nick) Feltis; great grandchildren, Aliya Chastek, Lily Shatek, Wyatt and Sage Feltis; sister, Lou Ann Broten; brother-in-law, David Goodsell; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles; brothers, Bob, Billy and Gaylan Lamp; sister, Marlys Goodsell; sisters-in-law, Jeanne Lamp and Mary Lamp; and brother -in-law, Richard Broten.

The family would like to thank the staff of St. Marks Assisted Living, Nursing Home and Hospice for their patience and care of their mother. They also want to thank all the pastors from the Cornerstone Church and her church family whose love and friendship she cherished.

A graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, at the Bear Creek Lutheran Cemetery north of Grand Meadow, with Pastor David Simerson officiating. Memorials are preferred to the family. Services are prearranged and performed by Worlein Funeral Home of Austin.

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home

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Margaret A. "Maggie"
(Newkirk, Morrow) BOE


May 14, 1938 - June 18, 2020 (age 82)


Margaret “Maggie” Ann (Morrow) Boe, age 82, of LeRoy, Minnesota, crossed over to the other side, very peacefully with family on each side of her, on Thursday, June 18, 2020.

Maggie was born in Lyle, Minnesota, to Edwin and Dorothy (Salisbury) Newkirk on May 14, 1938. Maggie was the oldest of 5 kids and grew up in the Lyle area. Maggie attended Elkton High School and graduated in 1956. After graduation, Maggie married Dennis Morrow in May of 1957. They resided in Rochester and had 6 children together. Unfortunately, Dennis passed away in 1975.

Besides raising her 5 living children, Maggie worked at Bethany Samaritan Nursing Home and IBM. Maggie then moved to Grand Meadow. One evening while in Taopi, Minnesota, she met her next husband, Harlan Boe. They then married in December of 1982 and resided on the Boe Farm just outside of LeRoy, Minnesota. Maggie enjoyed the farm and could throw hay bales with the best of them. Harlan passed away in April of 2011. Maggie remained on the farm until her passing.

Maggie’s door was always open to family and friends. She always had a friendly smile, cup of coffee, or a cold beverage with a cookie or a bar. Maggie’s generous heart and excellent cooking will be missed by many.

Maggie is survived by her children Barbara (Jerry Knapp) Morrow of Rochester, MN, Darin (Jill) Morrow of Ostrander, MN, Jeff (Jody) Morrow of Chester, IA, Donald (Tammy) Morrow of Harmony, MN, Barbara Huus of Rochester, MN, Joanne (Robert) Rowe of Albert Lea, MN, and Kathy (Don) Adams of LeRoy, MN, 21 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, sisters Pat Leonard of Adams, MN and Sharon (Arthur) Osmundson of Adams, MN, and 1 aunt Angeline Overland of Lake Mills, IA.

She was preceded in death by her first husband Dennis Morrow, son Rodney, daughter Dennise, her mom and dad, brothers Roger and Ronald Newkirk, and second husband Harlan Boe.

Funeral services for Maggie will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at LeRoy Lutheran Church with Pastor Herman Bakker officiating. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, June 22 at LeRoy Lutheran Church. Due to COVID-19, masks are highly recommended. Burial will take place at Oakwood Cemetery in Rochester.

Condolences may be left for the family at

SOURCE: Hindt Funeral Home

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Howard “Howie” Hanson


Howard “Howie” Hanson

Howard Hanson, 65, of Lake Mills, Iowa, formerly of Austin, Minnesota, passed away of natural causes, at home on June 17, 2020.

Memorial Service will be Tuesday, June 23 at 11:00 am at the Bonnerup Funeral Home of Albert Lea. Visitation will be from 9:30 am – 11:00 am at the funeral home. Burial will take place at the Hayward Lutheran Cemetery. Bonnerup Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Howard was born February 9, 1955 to Palmer and Bernice (Hoyne) Hanson in Albert Lea. He grew up on the family dairy farm near Oakland and graduated with the class of 1973 from Austin High School.

Howard went to vocational school and spent over 20 years proudly selling conveyors.

In 1994 he married Mary Pinter and by 1995 he lovingly adopted his three daughters.

He enjoyed camping and the outdoors most of his life, had an avid interest in genealogy, and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and following their activities. Howard always found an open ear to talk and listen with; his laughter and sense of humor will be missed by many.

Howard is survived by his daughters, Jessica (Morrie) Monroe of Fort Atkinson, IA, Jennifer (Walker Hovey) Hanson of Nashua, IA and Laura (Jeremy) Frana of Stanley, IA; grandchildren, Haylee, Theresa, Jayden, Jaxson, Alexis, and Asher; brother, Darwin Hanson of Albert Lea and nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 19 JUN 2020

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Fred Richard Kraft


Fred Richard Kraft passed away peacefully at Aurora Transitional Care in Edina on June 15, 2020. He had phone conversations with his children in the last hours of his life, and his death was quick and decisive, and without preamble or drama. That was Fred’s way of doing things.

Fred was born in Austin, Minnesota on March 21, 1930 to 100% Czech parents, Anna and Louis Kraft. Anna was a homemaker and Louis worked at the Hormel meatpacking plant. Fred had two younger sisters, Helen and Mary. They lived in a modest 1 ½ story house; Fred’s bedroom was in the uninsulated attic and he would wake up with frost on his face some winter mornings. Fred attended Sumner Elementary School and graduated from Austin High School in 1948. Money was tight, and at one time, Fred held four jobs while attending school: setting pins at a bowling alley, delivering newspapers, cleaning at a bakery, and working at an arcade. Fred remembered his dad driving up to the Cities and dropping him off at the State Fair with just a nickel.

Fred earned a law degree from the University of Minnesota. He met Donna Cole while at the university and they were married on September 8, 1951. After graduation, Fred and Donna moved to back to Austin where they raised their four children. Fred was a devoted husband, father, and provider. The family attended Westminster Presbyterian Church where Fred was an usher and Elder. Fred was an attorney in Austin for over 35 years. During that time, he was Austin Municipal Judge and Mower County Attorney. Fred and Donna moved back to the Twin Cities in 1987, and Fred worked as a title examiner for Edina Realty until his retirement. They took full advantage of the city, walking regularly around the lakes, attending concerts at Orchestra Hall, and trying out the latest restaurants.

Fred and Donna, along with their growing extended family, took annual vacations to Hilton Head Island and to the North Shore (staying near the resort where they honeymooned). They traveled internationally extensively, and treated their four children and spouses to a Mediterranean cruise in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary. Large holiday celebrations were hosted in their home until they were well into retirement. Their devotion to family created a strong extended-family foundation and bond for their children and grandchildren. Fred and Donna were members of Christ Presbyterian Church in Edina.

Fred’s beloved wife Donna died in July 2017. Fred missed her terribly, but remained active and engaged in his home and church communities. He retained a sharp and active mind, and read the Star Tribune, Wall Street Journal, and New Yorker magazine (covering the full political spectrum) religiously. He enjoyed sharing his thoughts and opinions on all topics. He had a remarkable memory for everything from sports statistics to details of family trips (his memories of family travels were often food-focused), to each grandchild’s birthday. Fred was known both for his thrift and for his extravagance (at one time the family had two Cadillacs) and generosity. He (and Donna) regularly made the grandchildren’s holiday wishes come true.

Fred was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years Donna (Cole) Kraft, parents Louis and Anna (Mudra) Kraft, and his sisters Helen Bogenschutz and Mary Reiersgaard.

He is survived by his children John Kraft (Rachel Madden), Kathryn Burger, Rebecca Kraft (Marc Soderbloom), Daniel Kraft (Michelle); 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

There will be a private family service. Memorials are welcome to People for Parks Minneapolis or Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota-North Dakota.

SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald, 18 JUN 2020

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Walter Benesh


June 9, 1925 - June 20, 2020

Obituary for Walter Benesh

Walter Benesh age 95 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Saturday, June 20, 2020, at Comforcare in Austin. Walter was born in 1925 the son of Edward and Iva Benesh in Myrtle, Minnesota.

He graduated from Austin High School. Walter then serves in the US Coast Guard. He met Lois Patterson and the couple was married in 1949. They enjoyed 70 years of marriage together.

Walter was a lifelong farmer northeast of Austin. He loved to read. He was also very mechanically gifted and had the ability to fix almost anything. Upon retirement, Walter and Lois enjoyed traveling together. They took trips to Europe and traveled throughout the United States.

Walter will be missed by his family along with his wonderful sense of humor.

He is survived by his loving wife, Lois; daughters, Sharon Bruessel, Bonnie (Mike) McNeil and Marlys (Roger) Benesh; grandsons, Brent, Jeremy, Emerson and Nolan; step grandsons, Aaron and Perry; great grandchildren, Denver, Madelin and Kaitlin; loving relatives and friends.

Private family graveside service.

SOURCE: Mayer Funeral Home

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Joseph Randall Allen


August 18, 1988 - June 23, 2020

Obituary for Joseph Randall Allen

Joseph Randall Allen, age 31, of Austin, died Tuesday, June 23, 2020 unexpectedly at his home in Rochester, Minnesota.

Joseph was born August 18, 1988 in Austin, Minnesota to Randy and Holly (DeBoer) Allen. He grew up in Austin, Minnesota before moving to Rochester, Minnesota. He graduated in 2007 from Austin High School. He currently was attending classes at Bryan University to obtain his personal trainer certificate.

Joe was a member at the Assembly of God Church in Rochester, Minnesota where he enjoyed doing community life group programs. He enjoyed fishing, exercising, mainly cross fit, tinkering with cars and computers, and spending time with his four sons. He was previously working as a window glazer at Hayfield Windows, along with currently working at Hotel Indigo and Planet Fitness. He also loved to take vacations and do handy man projects around the house.

He is survived by his loving girlfriend, Marie Smith; his four sons, Benzley (8), Easton (6), Ronan (4) all of Austin and Jayden (13 months), Rochester; brothers, Mark (Mikayla) Austin, Austin, Kevin Austin, Austin; aunts, LaVonne (Phil) Jackson, Peoria, AZ, Ginger Taylor, San Tan Valley, AZ, Hope (Tom) Wurster, Medford, MN, Rhonda (Brian) Bridgeman, Austin, Francis DeBoer, Austin, Patty (Clay) Erway, OR; uncles, Hal DeBoer, New York, Sidney DeBoer, Austin, Rob (Gloria) Allen, Patterson, CA, Juan Capote, Hudson, FL; niece, Alexcia Austin; nephew, Jaxon Austin; many cousins; friend and mentor, Chris Atwood; Katie Ruble, mother of Benzley, Easton and Ronan.

He is preceded in death by his parents Randy and Holly Allen, grandparents Russ and Rose Allen and Merton and Vernetta DeBoer, niece Isabelle Austin, nephew Noah Austin, Uncle Tim DeBoer, and Aunt Renee Capote.

Family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Life gathering on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 2:00-3:00 p.m. at Mayer Funeral Home in Austin. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Condolences may be left online at

Cemetery Details:
    Oakwood Cemetery
    1800 4 St. NW
    Austin, MN,

SOURCE: Mayer Funeral Home
Also see Austin Daily Herald, June 26, 2020

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M. Scott Dellenbach



M. Scott Dellenbach

Scott Dellenbach (62), formerly of Austin Minnesota, passed away June 19, 2020 after a short illness. He is survived by his daughter Katie Dellenbach and her fiancé Corbin Ringsred, his mother Lil Dellenbach, brother Tom Dellenbach, niece Mary Dellenbach, aunt Rosemary Burnham, and many cousins.

He is preceded in death by his father Gene and sisters Debbie and Kathie. The funeral mass will be at Holy Family Catholic Church in St. Louis Park, MN on Friday, June 26 at 10am.

SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald, June 25, 2020


M. Scott Dellenbach

August 30, 1957 - June 19, 2020


M. Scott Dellenbach, age 62, passed away peacefully Friday night on June 19, 2020 at Mayo Clinic Hospital while in hospice after fighting a three-year battle with cancer.

Scott was born August 30, 1957 in Denver, CO. to Gene and Lil Dellenbach. He graduated from Austin Pacelli High School in 1975. Following high school, Scott attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics.

In 1999 Scott moved to St. Louis Park, MN where he worked as a Compensation Analyst on a consulting basis until retiring in 2017. He was a devoted member of the Holy Family Catholic Church. Scott enjoyed spending time with his daughter Katie, working on his house, various outdoor activities including hunting and fishing, and going to sports games with his friends.

He will be remembered for always having a smile on his face and a joke to make you laugh, and for his care and consideration for others. Scott faced cancer with great courage and hope. His faith and strength carried him through life, and his family and friends now take comfort in knowing he rests in peace.

Scott is survived by his daughter Katie Dellenbach and her fiancé Corbin Ringsred of Duluth, his mother Lil Dellenbach of Austin, his brother Tom Dellenbach of Maplewood, his niece Mary Dellenbach, as well as many close friends. He was preceded in death by his father Gene Dellenbach, sisters Debbie Dellenbach and Kathie Dellenbach, and sister-in-law Judy Dellenbach.

A visitation will take place from 5:00pm to 7:00pm Thursday June 25th, 2020 at the Gearty-Delmore Funeral Chapels, 3960 Wooddale Ave. South, St. Louis Park. A funeral mass will proceed at 10:00am on Friday June 26th, 2020 at Holy Family Catholic Church, 5900 W Lake Street, St. Louis Park. We invite those who are unable to attend the funeral service to watch online at the churches website Interment will take place at a later date.

Hoff Funeral Service in St. Charles is assisting Scott's family with his services.

SOURCE: Hoff Funeral Home website -

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Christine (Wasson) Schara


Christine (Wasson) Schara was born November 10, 1948 and passed away on June 28, 2020.

She is survived by her sons Dewey (Heidi) Schara and Zach (Lisa) Schara, grandchildren Anna, Jackson, Dane, Grace and Amy and her sister Cynthia Nesson.

She is preceded in death by her mother Gertrude Wasson, her niece Molly Bonner and special friend Ed Hart.

SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald, June 30, 2020

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Debra Renae (Reimers) Boysen


Debra Renae Reimers Boysen, Carthage, MO passed away peacefully at home June 21, 2020 at the age of 66.

Debra was born in Austin, Minnesota, on May 7, 1954 to the late Shirley (Saack) and Robert Reimers.Debra moved to Massachusetts and attended high school at Narragansett Regional and college at Greenfield Community College. Debra lived a life of color and adventure, making many friends along the way. Eventually traveling back to Minnesota to raise her children, Debra worked in an assisted living home helping people. When her children had grown, Debra moved to Missouri where she spent the rest of her years.

Debra is survived by her children Zachary Reimers and Courtney Lapinskas. She is also survived by four siblings, their spouses, and numerous nieces and nephews. We would also like to mention her beloved dog Bear Bear who kept her company and with whom she shared her life with.

A small memorial for family and friends was held at Grandview Cemetery in Austin, Minnesota.

SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald, June 30, 2020

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Roger Leo Epley


September 16, 1944 - June 30, 2020 (age 75)


Roger Leo Epley, age 75 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at his residence in rural Austin, Minnesota.

Roger was born to Earl and Margaret (Mueller) Epley on September 6, 1944, in Austin, Minnesota. He attended Pacelli High School and graduated in 1962. After high school, Roger attended vocational school.

On June 13, 1970, Roger married Lana Turvold in Austin, Minnesota. He was a well-known farmer for over 40 years, while also working 37 years at Hormel Foods where he worked in many different departments. Roger had a passion for his farm. He made sure his farm was well kept and taken care of. Roger instilled a work ethic to his children and people he worked with.

He made friends with anyone he made contact with. He was a great card player and loved making a deal. Roger had a love of restoring John Deere tractors and cars. He also enjoyed traveling, and especially spending time at the family cabin on Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. Roger treasured spending time with his family, friends, and especially his grandchildren, and he enjoyed going out for breakfast with all his buddies.

He was a lifelong Austin resident, and a member of St. Augustine’s Church. Roger will most be remembered for encouraging his children to “SHARE if you have enough to share!” In his words, “The Lord has blessed us over and over and over again.”

Roger is survived by his wife of 50 years, Lana Epley; daughters, Sarah Epley of The Woodlands, Texas, Anne (Chad) Moe of Hudson, Wisconsin, and son, Todd (Becca) Epley of Orono, Minnesota; four grandchildren, Evan, Catelyn, Bennett, Auberey; brother, Richard Epley of Austin, Minnesota; sisters, Darlene (Dean) Pater of Derby Kansas, Mary Jo Mckinney of Apple Valley, Minnesota, Jane (Lynn) Sathre of Adams, Minnesota; and sister-in-law, Cheryl Epley of Austin, Minnesota.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Margaret Epley; and brother, James Epley. A Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 6, 2020 at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in Austin, Minnesota. Visitation will be held from 10:30-11:00 a.m. prior to the service in The Garden.

Please note that masks will be required for both the visitation and mass. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Austin, Minnesota. Memorials may be directed to St. Augustine’s Church or the donor’s choice. Services are pre-arranged and performed with Worlein Funeral Home of Austin.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home

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Richard Allan Stern


October 27, 1931 - June 11, 2020

Richard's Obituary

Richard A. Stern, 88 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away at his home Thursday, June 11, 2020.

Richard Allan was born October 27, 1931 in Iowa City, Iowa to Harry and Edna (Moothart) Stern. As a child, his family moved to Austin, Minnesota. He attended Austin Schools, and graduated with the Class of 1950 from Austin High School. Following high school, Richard served in the U.S. Army.

On July 21, 1956 Richard was united in marriage to Clarice Maybeth Pembrook. They were blessed with a son Randy, and have lived their entire married life in Austin. Following a 20 year career with Weyerhaeuser, he went back to school in Hibbing and earned his Associate of Arts degree in Small Business Management. At the same time he began doing carpentry work and remodeling.

In 1984 Richard began spending time with his son in Crane Lake, Minnesota, where he continued his work as a carpenter and builder. The Crane Lake area allowed him to take advantage of his love of the outdoors. From a young age he was a passionate deer hunter, and he also enjoyed fishing. In his later years Richard stopped hunting deer, and enjoyed watching the young bucks grow.

Richard was a person who gave of himself, and was always willing to help anyone in need. He had a soft spot for animals and the family’s hunting dogs. He was a conceptual person, full of ideas with a “can do” attitude. He was a wonderful role model to his son, and had a positive influence on the lives of many others.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Harold, Roland, GG, Gerald; sisters Maxine, Dorothy.

Richard is survived by his wife Clarice of Austin, MN; son Randy Stern of Crane Lake, MN; sisters Joanne Iverson of Rochester, MN, Lorraine (Eldon) Tlam of Dunnell, MN; many nieces and nephews, extended family, and friends.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, June 20th at Oakwood Cemetery in Austin with Reverend Mark Van House officiating. Clasen-Jordan Mortuary is handling arrangements.

SOURCE: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home

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Maxine Lucille (Starry) DeVries


July 20, 1926 - July 4, 2020 (age 93)

Maxine Lucille DeVries, age 93 of Austin, Minnesota died Saturday, July 4, 2020 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Home in Austin.

She was born July 20,1926 in Mitchell County, Iowa to Myron and Edith (VanSyoc) Starry. Maxine grew up in the Riceville and McIntire Area. She attended country school and graduated from Riceville High School with a normal training certificate. She taught 4 years in rural schools and 2 years at McIntire Independent School.

On October 25, 1947 she was united in marriage to Floyd “Dutch” DeVries in McIntire, Iowa. They made their home in Colwell, Iowa before they moved to Austin in 1954. She worked side by side with her husband in their RV business, Bo-De Enterprise in Austin and Rochester Minnesota. She also owned and operated her business, Draperies by Maxine for many years.

Maxine and Dutch had a large group of friends and spent many wonderful times together making memories, whether it be boating, camping, fishing, snowmobiling, traveling, dancing or motorcycling. They traveled to many states in their Classic GMC Motorhome. She loved her family very much and loved her friends. We will miss her greatly, as well as her tight big bear hugs. She is at peace and with her family and friends who have passed before her.

Maxine is survived by her daughters, Jane Taylor of Austin and Dixie (Dan) Gilbertson of Austin; a son, John (Rhonda) DeVries of Austin; six grandchildren, Jeremy (Leah) Taylor, Christopher Taylor, Nicholas (Kourtney) Gilbertson, Sheila (Ben) Boerger, Lyndsey (Jason) Johnson, Leah (Jordan) Ferch; twelve great-grandchildren, Lauren and Lucas Taylor, Peytyn and Josalyn Johnson; Nora Stella and Jace Ferch, Madison and Nathan Brown; Noah Gilbertson, Isaak and Madelyn Boerger; brothers, Robert (Marlys) Starry, Dennis (Theresa) Starry, Donald Starry; sisters, Mary (Roger) Hultman; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Myron and Edith Starry; husband Floyd “Dutch” DeVries in 2016; son in law, Rodney Taylor; sister, Berniece (Clyde) Walker; sister-in-law Beverlee Starry; and granddaughter-in-law Liz Brown on June 23, 2020.

A private funeral service will be held at Crane Community Chapel in Austin with Pastor Dale Christiansen officiating. A public graveside service will be held in Grandview Cemetery in Austin at 12:00 Noon on Thursday, July 9, 2020. Masks will be recommended at the services. In lieu of flowers memorials in Maxine’s memory may be directed to Crane Community Chapel in Austin. Services prearranged and performed by Worlein Funeral Home of Austin.

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home

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Donna Jean (Duryee) Wilson


February 22, 1954 - July 01, 2020

Donna Jean Wilson, 66, passed away in Rochester at Mayo Clinic Hospital St. Mary’s Campus.

Donna was born on February 22, 1954, the daughter of Gernard and Pearl (Backus) Duryee in Osage, Iowa. She attended Riceville Iowa Schools and was united in marriage to Dean Wilson on March 16, 1981, in Deadwood, South Dakota.

Donna worked at Rochester Medical Center in Stewartville, Libby’s in Rochester and was a homemaker. She enjoyed gardening, flowers, the outdoors, hiking, reading and baking.

Donna is survived by her daughters, Anna Wilson, Rochester, MN and Daphne Wilson, Rochester, MN; one grandson, Lucas Dean Wilson; two sisters, Cherie Landers, Greene, Iowa; Barbara Woolworth, Cresco, Iowa; two brothers, Leonard Duryee, Leland, Iowa and Wayne Duryee, Osage, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Dean Wilson; a sister, Katherine in infancy, sister Diane; brothers, Marvin, Verne, Darrell, Gordon, James, and Ronald.

Visitation will be 5:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, 2020, at Czaplewski Family Funeral Home, 501 2nd Street NW in Hayfield and one hour before the service at the church on Wednesday.

The funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at Evanger Lutheran Church, 33554 660th Avenue, Sargeant, MN. Interment will be in Evanger Lutheran Cemetery. Blessed be her memory.

Due to the current health concerns and restrictions, please respect social distancing, and the wearing of face masks at the visitation and at the church service.

SOURCE: Czaplewski Funeral Home website

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Howard M. Dearmin


November 03, 1940 - June 30, 2020

Howard's Obituary

Howard M. Dearmin, 79, of Glenwood Springs, Colorado, passed away following a short illness on June 30th, 2020, at Valley View Hospital with his family by his side.

Howard was born November 3rd, 1940, in Austin, Minnesota, to Monroe and Tena Dearmin. Howard entered the Navy February 19, 1958 and was honorably discharged November 2nd, 1961. Before moving to Glenwood Springs, CO. he resided in St. Louis Park, MN.

Howard is survived by his wife Joan of 56 years, daughter Susan Cheedle (Brad) Denver,CO, son Jeffrey Dearmin, St. Louis Park, MN, three grandchildren, Payton, Andrew, Harrison, brother Thomas Dearmin, (LaVon) of Lyle, MN, sister Marne’ Schauer, LeRoy, MN and 7 nieces and nephews.

Interment will be in the Fairview Cemetery in Oakland, Minnesota.

Clasen-Jordan Mortuary in charge of arrangements.

SOURCE: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home website

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Darlene Joyce (Sheely)


November 10, 1942 - July 5, 2020 (age 77)


Darlene Joyce Ulwelling, age 77, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away peacefully surrounded by family Sunday, July 5, 2020, at St. Mark’s Nursing Home in Austin.

Darlene was born November 10, 1942 in Milaca, Minnesota, to Elbert and Lavina (Moss) Sheely. She attended elementary school in Dexter and then attended Elkton High School. In her younger years during school, Darlene was an active member of 4-H. On August 20, 1960, Darlene married Paul Ulwelling at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Rose Creek, Minnesota. They later divorced.

Throughout her life, Darlene played many important roles. She was not only a devoted mother and housewife, but also spent time working as a nursing assistant, a waitress/hostess, and helped work on the farm. Darlene always loved to get together with her neighbors, as well as helping with the church units at Brownsdale Our Lady of Loretto Catholic Church.

Other interests included sewing and cooking/baking, especially her well-known mints for all the family gatherings. Darlene had a love for painting ceramics, gardening, playing cards, BINGO, and crafts. She also enjoyed making flowers for multiple weddings. As a devoted grandparent, Darlene loved watching and attending her grandchildren’s and great grandchildren’s events and activities.

She is survived by her daughters, Susan (Ramon) Crews of Waltham, Minnesota, Sandra Ulwelling of Stacyville, Iowa, Sharon (Carmon) Siewert of Austin, Minnesota, and Sheila (Richard) Hemann of Austin, Minnesota; brothers, Darold (Mary Jo) Sheely, Robert Sheely, and Michael (Connie) Sheely; sister-in-law, Doris Sheely; grandchildren, Jesse (Jennifer) Crews, Christi (Stephen) Arcand, April (Andrew Abboud) Crews, Ron Crews, Jon Crews, Krystal (Allen Duren) Crews. Jamie Ulwelling, Dallas Siewert, Nicholas Winsky, Jake Muhlbauer, Elijah Hemann, and Isikiyah Hemann; and twelve great grandchildren.

Darlene is preceded in death by her parents, Elbert and Lavina Sheely; son, Dale Ulwelling; son-in-law, Roger Crews; siblings, Genevieve (Raymond) Bartz, Elvera (Claude) Krutsinger, Harold Sheely, John Sheely; sister-in-law, Elsie Sheely; and brother-in-law, Earl Ellenbaum.

A visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at the Worlein Funeral Home in Austin, Minnesota. A graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 10, 2020, in Dexter Cemetery, Dexter, Minnesota. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home

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Verona (Streyle) Butenhoff


March 29, 1940 - July 06, 2020

Verona's Obituary

Verona Butenhoff, age 80, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away on Monday, July 6th.

Verona was born in Shafter, California, to Alvert and Lois (Huenemann) Streyle. She was baptized at the Reformed Congregation in Shafter, CA and confirmed at the Peace Reformed Church in Garner, IA. She was the 5th of eight children. Her family moved to Iowa in 1940 where she started school in Hayfield, IA. After attending several schools in Iowa, they finally settled in Alden, MN where she then graduated from Alden High School.

She met and married Larry Thomas Butenhoff on April 8th, 1960. They had two children, Kris and Todd.

Verona worked at several banks, a plumbing company, and she kept books for many years at her husband’s business, Larry’s Sales and Service. After working the next 25 years as the Alden School secretary, she retired. She and her husband moved to Austin, MN in 1997 where she enjoyed staying busy with volunteer work. The loves of her life were her husband, Larry, her children, and grandchildren.

Survivors include her loving husband, Larry, of 60 years; children Kris (Perry) Mayer and Todd (Holly) Butenhoff; grandchildren BriAnn (Kelvin) Minnig, Cassidy Mayer, Tyler Butenhoff, and Cody Butenhoff. Siblings include Jean Streyle, Phil Hunt, Marie (Waldemar) Sundet, Dorothy (Orville) Simonsen, Hildegard Radke, Elizabeth (Kent) Urness, Ronald (Betsy) Streyle, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her siblings Bob Streyle, Evelyn Hunt, and brother-in-law Jeff Radke.

Private family services will be held at Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home. Burial will be at Alden Cemetery. Verona had requested for memorials to be given to the Arthritis Foundation in lieu of flowers.

SOURCE: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home

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Dale Arlo Rugg


July 10, 1929 - July 04, 2020

Dale Arlo Rugg, 90, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away on Saturday, July 4, 2020 surrounded by his sons.

Dale was born on July 10, 1929, at the home of his parents J. Donald and Morfydd (Miller) Rugg. He graduated from Austin High School.

He married Goldie Richard, his high school love, on December 3, 1949. Dale and Goldie raised five sons. Dale’s journey in agriculture began as a dairy and hog farmer near Brownsdale, Minnesota, later moving to a dairy farm west of Lyle and finally to a dairy farm south of Austin; until he would disperse the herd of registered Holsteins in December, 1974. The herd name was Go-May Holsteins, a prefix Dale chose to recognize, Goldie.

At the peak, Dale farmed over 1,000 acres and milked more than 100 high quality cows, including several District and State Show winners. He was particularly involved as a 4-H and FFA parent and volunteer and served on the Mower County Fairboard. In 2013 Dale was inducted into the Mower County Livestock Hall of Fame.

Upon retiring as a farm couple, Dale and Goldie moved to Austin. Dale sold agricultural buildings and was a highly successful Mediator for the Minnesota Extension Service during the farm crisis in the 1980’s. He also became active in the Kiwanis. Dale’s focus was his sons and later the families that would evolve with them. His kindness, his love and his generosity became a way of life.

Upon retirement, Dale’s focus would become the 10 grandchildren he adored. They would be the richest beneficiaries of Grandpa Dale’s wonderful sense of humor. Dale and Goldie loved attending their activities ranging from football games and homecoming coronations to music concerts, gymnastic meets and wrestling matches. Dale particularly enjoyed following his grandsons and great grandsons who wrestled, a sport that Dale participated in high school. There was no day too long, no bench too hard and meet too far away for Dale to enjoy a good match.

Family relationships were an important part of Dale’s life. He developed meaningful and memory-filled relationships with each of his daughters-in-law, making up for the lost time of having only sons. He also cherished his in-laws – Goldie’s 8 brothers and sisters, a hole partially filled by the early death of Dale’s only brother, Kenny. And while there was no replacement for Dale’s bride of 68 years, his oldest son, Greg, evolved into his dad’s best friend and companion in Dale’s later years, a relationship that allowed for fulfillment and dignity during Dale’s final years, months and days.

Dale is survived by his 5 son’s and daughters-in-law, Greg and Nancy, Austin Minnesota; Brad and Lorrie, Owatonna, Minnesota; Rick and Barb, Westby, Wisconsin; Jeff and Mary, Stevens Point, Wisconsin; Ross and Patti, Bloomington, Minnesota. He leaves wonderful memories for 10 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on July 18th (Saturday) from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary in Austin.

Private services are planned. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Austin.

SOURCE: Clasen jordan funeral home

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Lucille Irene (Eastman) Jensen


July 31, 1935 - July 2, 2020 (age 84)


Lucille I. “Lucy” Jensen, 84, of Riceville, Iowa, went to be with her Lord, on Thursday, July 2, 2020, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Lucille Irene Eastman was born on July 31, 1935, in Jamestown Township, Howard County, Iowa, to Clinton “Bus” and Mary (Staley) Eastman. She attended and graduated from McIntire High School, where she played 6 on 6 girls’ basketball. After graduation she moved to Austin, MN, and worked at F.W. Woolworth Company.

On February 11, 1956, Lucy married the love of her life, Donald M. Jensen, at Wayside Prayer Chapel in Austin. Together they raised 5 sons; Chris, Mark, Karl, Eric, and Harold.

Lucy was a member of the United Methodist Church in McIntire; where she faithfully played piano, was a member of the UMW, Sunday school teacher for 25 years, and served as church treasurer. She was also a member of the Riceville Library Board, board member of Wayne Cemetery, Riceville KIWANIS, and served as the Oakdale Township Clerk. Lucy taught piano lessons for 23 years, and enjoyed making quilts, crossword puzzles, genealogy, and having afternoon tea at 3. Family was an important part of her life.

Lucy kept the family informed on, not only what she was up to, but what everyone else was doing in her weekly handwritten letters and emails. She had the ability to whip up a meal at a moments notice. Her delicious spiced raisin bars, double chocolate banana muffins, and date cookies were family favorite treats. The sounds of her “hello” when answering the phone and “yoo-hoo” will be deeply missed.

Lucille is survived by her sons Chris (Janet) Jensen of Fishersville, VA, Mark (Stephanie) Jensen of Osage, IA, Karl (Molly) Jensen of Mitchell, IA, Eric (Monica) Jensen of Riceville, and Harold (Jennifer) Jensen of Riceville, 11 grandchildren Rachel (Josh) Vincent, Michael Ray, Christopher Russo, Kyle Jensen, Katie (Matt) Hudek, Brooke (Levi) Sprung, Jesse Jensen, Mallory Jensen, Lauren (Samuel) Back, Nicholas Jensen (fiancé Haley Griebel), and Renae Jensen, 8 great-grandchildren Cadence, Adaline, Layne, Asher, Mason, Everett, Elijah, Jace, and 2 on the way, brother Keith (Mary) Eastman of Riceville, and sister Leota Chase of Riceville.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Don Jensen on July 30, 1999, grandson Jake Jensen on July 10, 2018, and brother-in-law Joel Chase.

Private family services will be held on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at the United Methodist Church in McIntire, IA with Rev. Dr. Donna Ihns officiating. The committal service is open to the public and will take place at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at Wayne Cemetery in McIntire.

Rev. Dr. Donna will be sending out information highlighting Lucille’s funeral service in her weekly mailings.

Online condolences may be left at

SOURCE: Hindt Funeral Home

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Conrad Marvin Muzik



December 29, 1936 - June 30, 2020

Conrad Muzik was the leader of the band. During his 31-year tenure in the Austin Public Schools, he was not just a director but a teacher and mentor of music students through the many different bands he directed and classes he taught. After a nearly two-year battle with lung and heart disease, he passed away on Tuesday afternoon, June 30, at his home with his wife of nearly 59 years, Jan Muzik, by his side.

Born and raised in Alexandria, Minn., life on the rural farm provided the most formative experiences of his life.

Entertainment options were few growing up in rural Central Minnesota in the mid-1940s. He was fond of listening to the radio, particularly the station that played big band music. One musician caught his attention: a trumpet-playing bandleader named Harry James. Many times he thought “I’d like to play like him.”

He begged his parents for a trumpet which, apparently, paid off. They bought him a King Cornett. Eventually he became so proficient his parents combined their resources -- which included $75 from his mother who sold fresh eggs to the resorts in the area -- to buy a trumpet for $200 (a $2,100 expense in 2020 adjusted for inflation).

His junior and senior high years were busy days with nothing left over after school and music. A new band director had come to Alexandria. Vince DiNino, “Mr. D” as he was known, was a gifted recruiter and organizer. The band played at all of Alexandria’s football and basketball games, including a memorable one against Austin at Williams Arena in the 1950 State Tournament. DiNino added a couple of extra tunes for the band. One was “At the Gremlin’s Ball” which he auditioned his players for the trumpet solo. He picked Conrad who played so well he caught the attention of Minneapolis Tribune columnist Cedric Adams. In his column following the tournament, Adams praised the trumpet playing of “the short kid from Alexandria.”

(In 1955 DiNino left to become the first full-time director of the Longhorn Band at the University of Texas, taking a 75-man band, recruiting women and other good music students from the state of Texas, and turning it into the 300-plus member “Showband of the Southwest.”)

After high school, he enrolled at the University of Minnesota. He studied there two years before transferring to St. Cloud State, a move which proved to be fortuitous. During his junior year, he met Janice Kaupp in the music department. They began to play dance jobs together along with a couple of other students. They were married in 1961.

In 1964 they moved to Austin after he received his master’s degree at UMD. He began his time in Austin as the elementary band director and stage band director at Austin High School. Eventually, he became the concert band and marching band director at Austin High. He retired in 1995, teaching general music at Ellis Middle School.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Kenny; his mother, Lilian; and his father, John. He is survived by his wife, Jan; his sons, Vincent and Daniel; daughter-in-law, Mary; grandchildren, Quincy and Ella; Mikko, the family’s trusty canine companion, along with the many students and musicians he taught and played with.

A visitation will be held from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, July 25, at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary in Austin. In lieu of flowers memorials to the family are preferred.

SOURCE: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home

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Roxanna June (Roberts) Lang


Roxanna Jane Lang, 80, Green Bay, passed away Thursday July 9, 2020. <>She was born March 13, 1940 in Austin, MN to the late Nathan and Anna (Vilt) Roberts.

Roxanna graduated from Austin High School. She married Tim Lang in 1959 in Iowa. Roxanna moved to Green Bay in 1961.

She had a soft spot for animals, especially dogs. Roxanna loved watching the horse races and would often be overcome with tears of happiness and joy over the competitive spirit and will to win the horses would display on the track. She also had a profound sense of justice and injustice, and would often refer to family and friends, as well as those who loved and watched over her as her “Bravehearts.” <>Roxanna was a very generous woman to many, many causes, including but not limited to: St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, The Humane Society, the Salvation Army, Boys Town, Paul’s Pantry, and St. Vincent de Paul. She loved to cook, bake, and sing. Family was the most important to her and she adored her grandchildren. She had a strong love for Jesus Christ and would awaken family members on Easter morning singing her favorite hymn, How Great Thou Art. Every one in the family could always look forward to a Happy Birthday song from Roxanna.

Roxanna is survived by the love of her life, Tim Lang; children, Todd Lang, Jane (Evan) Thompson, Trace Lang, and Anne (Nathan) LaPlant; grandchildren, Morgan Thompson, Kendall Thompson, Kaitlin (Michael) Hill, Caroline LaPlant, and Alec LaPlant; her brother, Dennis Roberts; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Locke Roberts.

Visitation will be at Blaney Funeral Home, 1521 Shawano Ave., Green Bay, Monday, July 13, 2020 from 11 am to 12 noon. A Funeral Service will be held at 12 Noon. With concerns for the corona virus, we urge that all-in attendance wear masks. The visitation will be limited to 40 people at a time in the funeral home, with others waiting outside observing physical distancing and proper sanitization. Expressions of sympathy may be shared at or cards may be sent to Blaney Funeral Home to the attention of Roxanna Lang family and they will be forwards on. Burial will be at 3 pm on Thursday, July 16 at Oakwood Cemetery in Austin, MN.

A memorial fund to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital has been established in Roxanna’s name at Source: Austin Daily Herald - Friday July 10, 2020

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James A. Finbraaten


Colonel James A. Finbraaten, USAFR Retired, died June 27, 2020, in Chandler, AZ.

Jim was born September 22, 1945, in Austin, MN, the son of Ernest Joy and Iva Finbraaten.

He graduated from Austin High School in 1963. He attended St. Olaf College and received a Bachelor of Arts in political science and was commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force in 1967. He earned his MBA in 1976.

Jim retired from the Air Force in 1998. He worked for Honeywell in Arizona for 22 years, retiring in 2007.

Jim was united in marriage to Lesley Rovang of Albert Lea, MN on May 26, 1967. He entered the air force at Chanute AFB for the aircraft maintenance officer course. During his 30 years in the air force, he served in the US and in Canada, Spain, Japan, Norway, and Turkey.

He enjoyed traveling, especially to Europe, Kenya and Tanzania, and Alaska, and watching movies with his wife and best friend of 53 years. He loved military history and reading mystery and spy novels.

Jim is survived by his wife Lesley, his daughter Erika, and his daughter Angela (John) Ferrin. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Stewart (Bree), Mitchell Ferrin, Taylor Ferrin, and Kristi (Eric) Day, and three great-grandchildren, Brylee, Kensi, and Graham, with another one on the way. His brother Bill (Terryl) Finbraaten, remains in Brooksville, FL. Two aunts also survive, Renate Alford of Sun City, AZ, and Ann Alford, of Denver, CO. Many cousins also survive. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Barbara Sanders, and his brother Don Finbraaten.

Due to COVID-19, no services are planned.

SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald, Friday July 10, 2020

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